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Misericordia is ready to take another shot


February 16. 2013 10:44PM
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In its second game in school history, Misericordia will try to improve on its opening-week loss.


Improving on last week's showing shouldn't be too hard as the Cougars are playing their first MAC game against Lebanon Valley.


Even though the Flying Dutchmen (1-0) defeated Montclair State, they didn't have as many yards being held to just 288 total yards and Montclair quarterback Drew Cathey shredded the LebVal defense for 348 yards and three touchdowns.


That's something that may work out well for Misericordia because quarterback Jeff Puckett was a shining aspect of the Week 1 game.


The freshman went 13-of-21 for 113 yards. He also didn't commit any turnovers. In fact, the entire team held onto the ball.


Here's a closer look at this afternoon's game.




Misericordia (0-1) at Lebanon Valley (1-0)


When: 1 p.m. today at Arnold Field, Annville



Last Meeting: As all opponents are for the Cougars, this is the first between the teams.



Last week: Misericordia lost 70-0 to Gettysburg in the school's first game in school history. The Flying Dutchmen defeated Montclair State 31-21.



What to know: This is the MAC opener for both teams.



About the Cougars: They didn't commit any turnovers last week and did cause a fumble and recovery in a loss to Gettysburg. They only had five penalties called against them for a total of 42 yards, while Gettysburg committed 11 for 100 yards.



About the Flying Dutchmen: They received a mention in the d3football.com rankings this week.



Notes: Lebanon Valley is opening its refurbished field after the stadium moved to FieldTurf Resolution in the offseason. The surface is the same that the Seattle Seahawks use at CenturyLink Field.



Misericordia will win if it can expose Lebanon Valley's secondary like Montclair State did last week.



Lebanon Valley will win if it can continue to run the ball effectively like last week when Pete Panichi ran for 137 yards on 26 carries.



Up Next: The Cougars have their first home game in school history against 25th-ranked Widener. LebVal travels to Williamsport for a showdown with Lycoming.





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